Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 1, 1978 Page: 20 of 20
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Serving the Chinese Community of the Southwest United States [3914
VOL. 3 NO.2 FEBRUARY 1978
Phone: 227-1201 or 227-1203
LEELAND AVE.-- HOUSTON, TX.77003
Year of the Horse
San Antonio Civic Leader — Rose Don Wu
by Judy Lee
FEBRUARY 7, 1978 will mark the beginning of the year ^676 in
the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Horse.
Traditionally, the celebration of the New Year continues for
as long as a month after the actual starting date, for it is
the biggest and most important festival of the year.
The festivities include banquets, lion dances, music and long
strings of thousands and thousands of noisy firecrackers.
In keeping with tradition, there will be several oppor-
tunity for reverly and merrymaking in Houston:
FEBRUARY 7 at 7:30 p.m. at GOOD TIME CHARLIE'S in the Sharps-
town Shopping Center: Chinese Fashion Show,
Kung Fu, Chinese Painting and Chinese Cooking
Demonstrations. Free to the public.
February 11, Saturday night, the Chinese Professional Club's
annual Chinese New Year Ball at the SHAMROCK
HILTON HOTEL. For reservations call Dr. Beng Ho
February 12, at 7:30 p.m. "CHINA NIGHT" sponsored by the
Chinese Students Association of the UNIVERSITY of
HOUSTON. A variety show at CULLEN AUDITORIUM -
Free to the publi c.
Respected and loved, hardworking and good of heart,
Rose Don Wu is both a leading Chinese-American citizen
and a leading American citizen who is Chinese.
A native of Tuscon, Arizona, but a resident of San
Antonio for more than 40 years, this remarkable grand-
mother has thus far devoted a lifetime to serving others
with no let up in sight. In fact, my interview with her
had to be scheduled around a "parade of nations" fashion shou
in which she wore one of her beautiful antique Chinese
silk embroidered robes. The oldest and favorite model of
the over 500 women present, Mrs. Wu smilingly accepted the
loud applause and friendly calls of "Yea, Rosie!". The
object of that open display of affection has always the
hearts of those she meets with her willingness to give of
herself to help others.
Rose Don Wu was probably more actively involved in the
civic affairs of her city in 1928 than most Chinese-American
youth are now in 1978. Yellowed Tuscon newspaper clippings
proclaim headlines such as "Chinese Girl Praised for Red
Cross Work" and "Miss Rose Don Appears as Interpreter for
Mrs. Wu's grandfather came to the United States to help
build the railroads. Her father came to Tuscon in the late
1800's to cook in a restaurant frequented by railroad workers
In 1908 he went back to China to find a wife. After the 3
month ship voyage back to the U.S., her parents opened a
general store in Tuscon. Rose was the second Chinese child
born in the state of Arizona; she and her sisters were the
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Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 1, 1978, newspaper, February 1, 1978; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth273744/m1/20/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.